Real Salt Lake
The FC Dallas under-16 academy headed into the final game of the USSDA playoffs needing a draw against RSL-AZ to advance to Finals Week. In a wild, back-and-forth battle, FC Dallas fell to their MLS rivals 6-3, ending the FC Dallas run in this year's playoffs.
In an indication of what was to come throughout the match, the goalfest started with RSL jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead. A pair of uncharacteristic defensive mistakes from FC Dallas resulted in Sebastian Saucedo sneaking in for two huge goals to open the match.
Real Salt Lake grabbed a third goal through a long-range shot in the 36th minute to stunningly take a 3-0 lead. Needing a spark before halftime, FC Dallas got it on a well worked corner that eventually found its way into the net through a scrum of players to send the teams to halftime with RSL up 3-1.
In the second half, RSL seemed to put the game out of reach finishing a rebound off a fantastic save from goalkeeper Estevan Vasquez to restore their three-goal lead.
The fightback from FCD began, however, with Patrick Khouri bundling in another set piece opportunity from FC Dallas with 20 minutes to play. Soon after Santi Agudelo headed in his fifth goal of playoffs week to pull FCD within a goal sparking wild celebrations.
As FC Dallas pushed for the goal that would take them through the group, Real Salt Lake hit the U-16s on the counter restoring their two-goal advantage. They would soon grab another as Sebastian Gordillo took down an RSL attacker in the box and as the last man back, Gordillo was shown a red card. The penalty kick was converted and FC Dallas fell to RSL 6-3 ending the season for both academy teams.
Despite falling at the final hurdle before Finals Week, both the U-18 & U-16 teams can hold their heads high as they finished at the top of the Frontier Division. They'll return to action for the 2013-2014 season with a new U-14 division in late September.
Full match highlights: FC Dallas 2, Real Salt Lake 0.
SAVE: Chris Seitz stops Luis Gil point blank.
SAVE: Great build up by FC Dallas results in goal-line clearance by Nat Borchers.
GOAL: Fabian Castillo roofs a shot past Josh Saunders from a tight angle.
SAVE: Matt Hedges deflects Devon Sandoval's sure-goal out of play.
GOAL: Jackson hustles to take the ball off Saunders' feet and into the net.
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake.
SAVE: Kevin Hartman keeps Fabian Espindola off the scoresheet.
SAVE: Hartman denies Espindola again to maintain the clean sheet.
GOAL: Fabian Castillo scores his third goal in as many games off the give and go with David Ferreira.
GOAL: Alvaro Saborio heads one in off a corner kick to level the match for Real Salt Lake.
GOAL: Ferreira scores the stoppage time game-winner off the feed from Brek Shea.
The FC Dallas U-18 and U-16 Academy teams have qualified for the U.S. Soccer Develoment Academy Playoffs for the third straight year. The event will take place on the Complex at FC Dallas Stadium for the second year in a row, with games being played next Monday, June 25 through Friday, June 29.
The FC Dallas U-18s enter the playoffs as the top seed from the Texas Division, having clinched the title weeks ago thanks to an impressive season that saw them go 24-4-3 for 75 points overall. They were drawn into Group 5 along with Sockers FC of Illinois, Real Salt Lake AZ of Arizona, and McLean Youth Soccer of Virginia.
— U.S. Soccer YNT (@ussoccer_ynt) June 18, 2012
The U-16s qualified for this year's playoffs as the sixth seeded wildcard after finishing fourth in a competitive Texas Division. They were drawn into Group 1 and will face CASL Chelsea FC Academy of North Carolina, the New York Red Bulls and Georgia United.
— U.S. Soccer YNT (@ussoccer_ynt) June 18, 2012
At the end of each season the top two teams from each of the Academy's 10 divisions qualify for the playoffs along with 12 wildcard teams. The wildcard teams are determined by a points per games played average. At the end of the season, 64 teams (32 from each age group) make the playoffs.
The 32 teams in each age group are ranked based on overall points per game and placed into four pods. Teams are then drawn at random from the four pods into eight groups comprised of four teams each.
Each team plays three games during the playoffs, facing their group opponents once apiece. Upon the conclusion of the playoffs the winner of each group will advance to Finals Week, which will take place from July 16-23 in Houston.
Visit FCDallas.com later this week for an in-depth break down of all six FC Dallas opponents and check in throughout next week for full coverage of FC Dallas in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs.
Full match highlights from FCD's 3-2 loss at Real Salt Lake.
SAVE: Kevin Hartman denies Ned Grabavoy early.
GOAL: Alvaro Saborio heads one in to give RSL the 1-0 lead.
GOAL: Rookie defender Matt Hedges scores his second goal in as many games.
GOAL: Saborio responds quickly to restore the home side's one-goal lead.
GOAL: Blas Perez sends in a shot that Kyle Reynish can't handle.
GOAL: Nat Borchers scores the stoppage time game-winner after some chaos in the FCD box.
Join us this Saturday, May 26 at 7 p.m. at The Londoner Frisco for our Party at the Pubs watch party presented by Budweiser.
FC Dallas takes on league leaders Real Salt Lake at 8 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest and this is your chance to watch the match with FC Dallas fans.
The Londoner Frisco will be showing the USA vs. Scotland international friendly on the NBC Sports Network beginning at 7 p.m., so you can come and watch USMNT before FCD plays.
2010 MLS MVP David Ferreira and midfielder Bobby Warshaw will sign autographs from 7:30-8 p.m. before the match starts.
The first 100 people through the door will receive FC Dallas sunglasses and bottle openers and fans can also enter to win an autographed Brek Shea Fathead, a 2012 FC Dallas home jersey, a trip for two to the Texas Derby in Houston and more.
Full match highlights from FCD's 1-1 home draw with Real Salt Lake.
SAVE: Fabian Castillo gets in one-on-one with Nick Rimando.
CALLED BACK: Bobby Warshaw's goal negated by offsides call.
GOAL: Brek Shea gives FCD the lead after he buries the penalty kick.
SAVE: Chris Seitz denies Paulo Jr. to maintain the shutout.
GOAL: Emiliano Bonfigli ties the game for Real Salt Lake.
COUNTER: Seitz comes off his line to deny Alvaro Saborio a chance on goal.
The first reserve league match of the season is tonight for FC Dallas vs Real Salt Lake. Match begins at 7:30 p.m. inside FC Dallas Stadium. Fans are welcome to attend for free, but concession stands and the beer garden will not open.
Match updates will be tweeted via @FCDallas and a match recap will be posted online afterward.